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And at this point in the process I am not saying the confused one is not me. :blink:

I thought this was set up just the way that the forums, the guides, and even DoS said but maybe not.

Scheduled the interview with the embassy for my Fiancee and child (14yr). Her daugher was listed as additional applicant/family.

16 days later the Embassy says "no, the child must have their own traveldocs account"

Along with this change they removed her daughter from her appointment and then said - "you need to make a separate appointment to come in with your daughter"

So US Embassy - Moscow is now saying that children need a separate appointment from their parent. I have not seen anything that required this. And the next appointments are of course at least a month later than my Fiancee's current appointment.

Did I totally miss something when we were scheduling the interview?

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And at this point in the process I am not saying the confused one is not me. :blink:

I thought this was set up just the way that the forums, the guides, and even DoS said but maybe not.

Scheduled the interview with the embassy for my Fiancee and child (14yr). Her daugher was listed as additional applicant/family.

16 days later the Embassy says "no, the child must have their own traveldocs account"

Along with this change they removed her daughter from her appointment and then said - "you need to make a separate appointment to come in with your daughter"

So US Embassy - Moscow is now saying that children need a separate appointment from their parent. I have not seen anything that required this. And the next appointments are of course at least a month later than my Fiancee's current appointment.

Did I totally miss something when we were scheduling the interview?

Email the Embassy and ask directly.


Phil (Lockport, near Chicago) and Alla (Lobnya, near Moscow)

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I guess I should ask a question that I am unsure of.

"Support@UStraveldocs" (i.e. immigrant visa unit) is or is not actually a part of the embassy?

I found out a few minutes ago that they told her she could bring her daughter if she wished to her interview, and see if they would let her in based on her mothers original appointment.

But no guarantees.

Otherwise I will push this to the consular unit. Just unfortunate. They tend not to answer for 2-3 business days and we may have to make a call on the travel reservations before they reply.

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Unless things have changed drastically the child should interview with the mother UNLESS the child will be traveling to the US several months later than the mother. We had this issue as my 16 yo step daughter was to travel a few months later. Her and her mother interviewed together and initially was told she would have to come back for her own interview closer to the date she would travel. Surprisingly the embassy call us about an hour after the interview to get clarification about her travel date, which was less than three months later. They agreed she would not need to interview again and issued the visa.

I do know that scheduling appointments is a little different now.

E-mail the embassy for clarification. I would arrive with the 14 yo anyway. My stepdaughter was only asked one question....what do you think of your mothers fiance?


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The eMail responses:

The visa unit says separate appointments. And the Consular Office says both should come on the same appointment.

Since the Consular Office does the interviews - we are going with that and let them send the paperwork down. I'll update this in a week after the interview to say whether it blew up or not.

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Visa's were approved. One interview under what has been the standard procedure (child(ren) accompany the parent).

So take it as a warning - when you call or write to the visa support desk (UStraveldocs). They may not know what they are doing.

Always a risk, but rest assured, any mistakes they make are your problem! And you have only just begun.

Typically the K-1 and K-2 interview together even though they have seprate applications. How children are handled is consulate specific. Kiev does not require children under 14 to interview at all, for example.

Anyway, congratulations and keep informed. You WILL run into official ignorance throughout the process, we did, all the way through to the passports


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